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Former Navy hoops star Robinson to be honored by Heisman Trust

Posted on 22 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Basketball Legend David “The Admiral” Robinson Named

2013 Heisman Humanitarian Recipient 

Robinson honored for his work in helping improve lives of disadvantaged families.

NEW YORK, NY (October 22, 2013) – The Heisman Trophy Trust named Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson as the eighth Heisman Humanitarian award winner for his decades-long dedication to helping families in need in the San Antonio, Texas community. Robinson will be officially honored at the 79th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner Gala on December 16, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

In addition to honoring the outstanding college football player of the year, The Heisman Trust’s mission is to provide opportunities for the underprivileged and underserved members of our society.  Since the Trust assumed stewardship of the Heisman Trophy in 2002, it has made donations in excess of $6.5 million to over 250 charities throughout the country.  The Heisman Humanitarian Award was established in 2006 to recognize those in the world of sports who give significantly of themselves to serve their communities and to improve the lives of others.

Robinson is one of basketball’s all-time greats, with an impressive collection of achievements, including winning the Wooden and Naismith Awards while playing at the Naval Academy, two NBA Championships with the San Antonio Spurs, playing on the 1992 U.S. Olympic “Dream Team,” and a ten-time NBA All-Star. His philanthropy began in 1991 at Gates Elementary School in San Antonio, when he offered a $2,000 scholarship to every fifth grader who finished high school and attended college. He kept true to his promise, and, in 1998, quadrupled his donation and gave $8,000 to each of those students who received their diploma.

Soon after his initial promise to the students, Robinson and his wife, Valerie, founded the David Robinson Foundation. In addition to supporting various initiatives that assist children and families in need, the Foundation initially donated $9 million to help create and sustain the Carver Academy, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade independent school designed to serve the underserved population of East San Antonio. It has since become a part of the IDEA Public School charter network and represents the beginning of their San Antonio presence.  Twelve years after the opening of the Academy, Robinson remains active with IDEA and its plans to build twenty new schools in the San Antonio area over the next six years.

“This December, the Trust is both proud and pleased to honor David Robinson, whose efforts have positively impacted thousands of people,” said William J. Dockery, Heisman Trophy Trust President.  “The Heisman Humanitarian Award was created to not only recognize and honor individuals who give selflessly of themselves to assist underserved segments of our society, but also to encourage others to emulate the Humanitarians.”

“I am truly honored by this recognition by the Heisman Trust,” said Robinson.  “I will represent them and the past winners with integrity and honor.”

In addition to his clear commitment to supporting excellence in the classroom, Robinson also welcomed students into his athletic territory while playing for the Spurs. Through his Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood of Achievers program, 25 students, nominated by their teachers, were invited to each Spurs home game with a guest. Over 15,000 students attended a game due to their hard work and his generosity.

Robinson also encourages other celebrities to utilize their platform for good, starting The Admiral Center in 2008. The Center works with celebrities to find the right cause for them to use their influence to bring attention and action.

Robinson joins an incredible group of former Heisman Humanitarian winners, including: Joey Cheek, Olympic speed skating gold medalist, for his dedication and contributions to the children of Darfur; George Martin, former defensive end of The New York Giants, who walked across America to raise funds for rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero after 9/11; Pat LaFontaine, former NHL star who, through his Companions in Courage Foundation,  builds interactive playrooms in Children’s hospitals to keep young patients connected to family and friends; Mia Hamm, world-renowned soccer player, who raises funds and awareness for families needing marrow or cord blood transplants and continues to grow opportunities for young women in sports; Warrick Dunn, former NFL running back, who has provided homes for single parent families to honor his mother’s memory; Marty Lyons, University of Alabama and New York Jets defensive tackle, whose foundation fulfills the special wishes of children with terminal or life threatening illness; and Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and founder of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, which supports children battling cancer.

Tickets to the 79th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Gala are available at www.Heisman.com. The Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner is the only event during Heisman Weekend that is open to the public.

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Bovada has Ravens’ Super Bowl odds at 33/1, Diggs’ Heisman odds at 75/1

Posted on 19 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV). Sorry for such a long email, lots of good stuff this week.

 

Odds to win the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII (Teams in red have longer odds from last week, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)          

                  Week 2             Current

Denver Broncos                        5/1                    4/1

Seattle Seahawks                      8/1                    11/2

San Francisco 49ers                  6/1                    8/1

Green Bay Packers                    14/1                  11/1

New England Patriots                10/1                  11/1

Houston Texans                        12/1                  12/1

New Orleans Saints                   16/1                  16/1

Cincinnati Bengals                     22/1                  18/1

Atlanta Falcons                         20/1                  20/1     

Chicago Bears                          22/1                  20/1

Baltimore Ravens                      33/1                  33/1

Dallas Cowboys                        22/1                  33/1

Kansas City Chiefs                    40/1                  33/1

Miami Dolphins                         40/1                  33/1     

Philadelphia Eagles                   28/1                  33/1

New York Giants                       33/1                  40/1

Detroit Lions                             33/1                  50/1     

Indianapolis Colts                      40/1                  45/1

San Diego Chargers                  100/1                66/1

St. Louis Rams                         40/1                  66/1

Washington Redskins                40/1                  66/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                    50/1                  75/1

Arizona Cardinals                      150/1                100/1

Buffalo Bills                              125/1                100/1   

Carolina Panthers                      66/1                  100/1

Tennessee Titans                       100/1                100/1

Minnesota Vikings                     66/1                  150/1

New York Jets                           100/1                150/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             75/1                  150/1

Cleveland Browns                      150/1                250/1

Oakland Raiders                        300/1                250/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                 500/1                1000/1

 

SUPER BOWL XLVIII – Early Line        

AFC      +1

NFC      -1

     

Odds to win the 2014 AFC Conference 

Denver Broncos                        8/5

New England Patriots                17/4

Houston Texans                        6/1

Cincinnati Bengals                     8/1

Kansas City Chiefs                    12/1

Baltimore Ravens                      16/1

Miami Dolphins                         16/1     

Indianapolis Colts                      20/1

San Diego Chargers                  25/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                    33/1

Buffalo Bills                              50/1     

Tennessee Titans                       50/1

New York Jets                           66/1

Cleveland Browns                      125/1

Oakland Raiders                        125/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                 500/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NFC Conference 

Seattle Seahawks                      11/4

San Francisco 49ers                  4/1

Green Bay Packers                    11/2

New Orleans Saints                   17/2

Chicago Bears                          10/1

Atlanta Falcons                         11/1     

Dallas Cowboys                        18/1

Philadelphia Eagles                   18/1

New York Giants                       20/1

Detroit Lions                             25/1     

St. Louis Rams                         33/1

Washington Redskins                33/1

Carolina Panthers                      40/1

Arizona Cardinals                      50/1

Minnesota Vikings                     66/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             66/1

Team/Coach Props

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – How many 0-2 teams will make the playoffs? (Note: There are currently 8 teams at 0-2)  

Over/Under                   1

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – How many 2-0 teams will make the playoffs? (Note: There are currently 8 teams at 2-0)                  

Over/Under                   5½

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – How many games will be decided by 7 points or less Week 3? (Note: Through two weeks there has been an NFL record 22 games decided by a TD or less)      

Over/Under                   9

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will there be a picture or video shown of Andy Reid as the Eagles Head Coach during the live broadcast?      

Yes                  -500

No                    +300

  • From kickoff to final whistle.  Halftime does not count towards number

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – How many offensive yards will the Chiefs record on the Eagles?    

Over/Under                   350½

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will the Jaguars score an offensive TD vs. the Seahawks?  

Yes                  -125      (4/5)

No                    EVEN   (1/1)

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will the Seahawks lose a home game in the 2013 Regular Season?

Yes                  -200     (1/2)

No                    +150     (3/2)

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – How many games will the Broncos score 40 or more points in the 2013 Regular Season? (Note: The Broncos have two so far this season and had zero last year. GB and NO did it 6 teams in 2011, NE did it five times in 2012 as did Indy in 2004, and the 2007 Pats did it 4 times)       

Over/Under                   5

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – How many penalties will the Bucs record vs. the Patriots? (Note: The Bucs have 23 penalties in two games)    

Over/Under                   7

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will Ron Rivera be fired before Week 17?

Yes                  EVEN   (1/1)

No                    -140      (5/7)

 

Player Props

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Trent Richardson – Total Rushing Yards as a member of the Colts in the 2013 Regular Season?  

Over/Under                      950½

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Trent Richardson – Total Touchdowns as a member of the Colts in the 2013 Regular Season?      

Over/Under                    7

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will Josh Freeman be a member of the Bucs for game 1 of the 2014 Regular Season?    

Yes                  +150    (3/2)

No                     -200   (1/2)

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Tom Brady – Completion % Week 3 vs Tampa Bay  

Over/Under                   60%

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Eli Manning – Total Interceptions in the 2013 Regular Season         

Over/Under                   20½

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will any player record 5 or more sacks in a single game during the 2013 Regular Season?(Note: Mario Williams had 4.5 last week for the Bills)               

Yes                  +250     (5/2)

No                    -400     (1/4)

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will Robert Griffin III be benched during a game that he starts?     

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -300     (1/3)

 

NFL WEEK 3 SPECIALS – Will Tim Tebow be signed by the Jaguars before Week 17?

Yes                  +250     (5/2)

No                    -400     (1/4)

 

Divisional Odds

Odds to win the 2014 AFC East Division          

New England Patriots                1/3

Miami Dolphins                         11/4

Buffalo Bills                              12/1     

New York Jets                           16/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 AFC North Division        

Cincinnati Bengals                     5/6

Baltimore Ravens                      7/4

Pittsburgh Steelers                    11/2

Cleveland Browns                      14/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 AFC South Division       

Houston Texans                        3/10

Indianapolis Colts                      13/4

Tennessee Titans                       6/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                 100/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 AFC West Division

Denver Broncos                        1/5

Kansas City Chiefs                    15/4

San Diego Chargers                  9/1

Oakland Raiders                        40/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NFC East Division

Dallas Cowboys                        7/4

Philadelphia Eagles                   2/1

New York Giants                       3/1

Washington Redskins                4/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NFC North Division        

Green Bay Packers                    2/3

Chicago Bears                          7/4

Detroit Lions                             13/2     

Minnesota Vikings                     18/1

Odds to win the 2014 NFC South Division       

New Orleans Saints                   1/1

Atlanta Falcons                         6/5       

Carolina Panthers                      8/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers             12/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NFC West Division         

Seattle Seahawks                      2/3

San Francisco 49ers                  7/5

St. Louis Rams                         9/1

Arizona Cardinals                      25/1

 

 

Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy

Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)                              9/2 

Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M)                        5/1

A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama)                             13/2

Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville)                      13/2 

Jameis Winston (QB Florida State)                     9/1

Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson)                                   10/1 

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)                           12/1 

De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon)                       141

T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)                                  16/1 

Aaron Murray (QB Georgia)                                18/1 

Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)                                   18/1 

Todd Gurley (RB Georgia)                                  20/1 

Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina)              25/1

Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor)                              25/1

Devin Gardner (QB Michigan)                             33/1 

Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford)                               33/1 

Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona)                              40/1

Duke Johnson (RB Miami)                                 50/1 

Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois)                     50/1

Stephen Morris (QB Miami)                                66/1 

Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland)                             75/1

Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson)                          100/1 

Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska)                           100/1

Marquis Lee (WR USC)                                      150/1

 

Odds to win the 2013-2014 BCS National Championship

Alabama                       2/1

Oregon                         4/1

Ohio State                    13/2

Clemson                       12/1

Florida State                 12/1

LSU                              14/1 

Stanford                       14/1

Michigan                       16/1

Oklahoma State            16/1

Miami                           20/1 

Georgia                        22/1

Louisville                      25/1 

UCLA                            28/1 

Oklahoma                     40/1

Arizona State                66/1

Washington                   66/1

Mississippi                   75/1

South Carolina              75/1

Florida                          100/1 

Northwestern                 100/1

Texas A&M                   100/1

Auburn                          150/1 

Georgia Tech                150/1

Arizona                         300/1 

Arkansas                      300/1

Michigan State              300/1

Missouri                        300/1 

Notre Dame                  300/1

Wisconsin                     300/1

USC                             500/1 

Virginia Tech                 500/1

 

 

Odds to win the 2013 World Series      

Los Angeles Dodgers                15/4

Boston Red Sox                       9/2

Detroit Tigers                            5/1

Atlanta Braves                           8/1

Oakland Athletics                      9/1

St. Louis Cardinals                    10/1

Pittsburgh Pirates                      11/1

Cincinnati Reds                         14/1

Cleveland Indians                      20/1

Tampa Bay Rays                       20/1

Texas Rangers                          20/1

Baltimore Orioles                       28/1

Washington Nationals                33/1

New York Yankees                    40/1

Kansas City Royals                   50/1

 

Odds to win the 2013 AL Pennant        

Boston Red Sox                       2/1

Detroit Tigers                            5/2

Oakland Athletics                      9/2

Tampa Bay Rays                       10/1

Texas Rangers                          10/1

Cleveland Indians                      12/1

Baltimore Orioles                       14/1

New York Yankees                    18/1

Kansas City Royals                   25/1

 

Odds to win the 2013 NL Pennant        

Los Angeles Dodgers                7/5

Atlanta Braves                           13/4

St. Louis Cardinals                    9/2

Pittsburgh Pirates                      5/1

Cincinnati Reds                         13/2

Washington Nationals                20/1

 

Odds to Win the 2013 NL Central         

St. Louis Cardinals                    2/3

Pittsburgh Pirates                      9/4

Cincinnati Reds                         3/1

 

SPECIALS – Will the Baltimore Orioles make the Playoffs?     

Yes                  +300     (3/1)

No                    -400     (1/4)

 

SPECIALS – Will the Cleveland Indians make the Playoffs?

Yes                  EVEN   (1/1)

No                    -130     (10/13)

 

SPECIALS – Will the Kansas City Royals make the Playoffs?   

Yes                  +1000   (10/1)

No                    -2000   (1/20)

 

SPECIALS – Will the New York Yankees make the Playoffs?    

Yes                  +700     (7/1)

No                    -1400    (1/14)

 

SPECIALS – Will the Tampa Bay Rays make the Playoffs?       

Yes                  -150     (2/3)

No                    +110     (11/10)

 

SPECIALS – Will the Texas Rangers make the Playoffs?          

Yes                  -200     (1/2)

No                    +150     (3/2)

 

SPECIALS – Who will lead the AL in RBI’s in 2013 Regular Season?   

Miguel Cabrera (DET)                -130      (10/13)

Chris Davis (BAL)                      EVEN   (1/1)

 

SPECIALS – Who will lead the NL in HR’s in 2013 Regular Season?

Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)             2/3

Pedro Alvarez (PIT)                    3/2

Jay Bruce (CIN)                         9/1

 

 

 

Anaheim Ducks

 

Regular Season Points

 

Ryan Getzlaf

Over/Under                   80.5

 

Corey Perry

Over/Under                   65.5

 

Teemu Selanne

Over/Under                   43.5

 

Regular Season Goals

 

Corey Perry

Over/Under                   32.5

 

Boston Bruins

 

Regular Season Points

 

Jarome Iginla

Over/Under                   65.5

 

David Krejci

Over/Under                   64.5

 

Loui Eriksson

Over/Under                   62.5

 

Patrice Bergeron

Over/Under                   60.5

 

Milan Lucic

Over/Under                   54.5

 

Buffalo Sabres

 

Regular Season Points

 

Thomas Vanek

Over/Under                   69.5

 

Cody Hodgson

Over/Under                   57.5

 

Tyler Ennis

Over/Under                   51.5

 

Calgary Flames

 

Regular Season Points

 

Mike Cammalleri

Over/Under                   53.5

 

Jiri Hudler

Over/Under                   48.5

 

Curtis Glencross

Over/Under                   44.5

 

Lee Stempniak

Over/Under                   44.5

 

Sven Baertschi

Over/Under                   41.5

 

Carolina Hurricanes

 

Regular Season Points

 

Eric Staal

Over/Under                   82.5

 

Alexander Semin

Over/Under                   69.5

 

Jordan Staal

Over/Under                   55.5

 

Chicago Blackhawks

 

Regular Season Points

 

Patrick Kane

Over/Under                   81.5

 

Jonathan Toews

Over/Under                   74.5

 

Patrick Sharp

Over/Under                   60.5

 

Regular Season Goals

 

Jonathan Toews

Over/Under                   33.5

 

Colorado Avalanche

 

Regular Season Points

 

Matt Duchene

Over/Under                   70.5

 

PA Parenteau

Over/Under                   65.5

 

Gabriel Landeskog

Over/Under                   55.5

 

Columbus Blue Jackets

 

Regular Season Points

 

Marian Gaborik

Over/Under                   59.5

 

Brandon Dubinsky

Over/Under                   47.5

 

R.J. Umberger

Over/Under                   37.5

 

Dallas Stars

 

Regular Season Points

 

Tyler Seguin

Over/Under                   67.5

 

Jamie Benn

Over/Under                   67.5

 

Ray Whitney

Over/Under                   54.5

 

Detroit Red Wings

 

Regular Season Points

 

Pavel Datsyuk

Over/Under                   80.5

 

Henrik Zetterberg

Over/Under                   79.5

 

Daniel Alfredsson

Over/Under                   48.5

 

Edmonton Oilers

 

Regular Season Points

 

Taylor Hall

Over/Under                   74.5

 

Jordan Eberle

Over/Under                   67.5

 

Nail Yakupov

Over/Under                   58.5

 

Sam Gagner

Over/Under                   54.5

 

David Perron

Over/Under                   48.5

 

Regular Season Goals

 

Taylor Hall

Over/Under                   30.5

 

Florida Panthers

 

Regular Season Points

 

Jonathan Huberdeau

Over/Under                   61.5

 

Tomas Fleischmann

Over/Under                   57.5

 

Brian Campbell

Over/Under                   42.5

 

Los Angeles Kings

 

Regular Season Points

 

Anze Kopitar

Over/Under                   77.5

 

Justin Williams

Over/Under                   56.5

 

Jeff Carter

Over/Under                   53.5

 

Minnesota Wild

 

Regular Season Points

 

Zach Parise

Over/Under                   69.5

 

Mikko Koivu

Over/Under                   63.5

 

Jason Pominville

Over/Under                   62.5

 

Montreal Canadiens

 

Regular Season Points

 

Max Pacioretty

Over/Under                   63.5

 

Tomas Plekanec

Over/Under                   58.5

 

P.K. Subban

Over/Under                   56.5

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Diggs’ Heisman Trophy odds hold at 50/1 after big game

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy        

Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville)                      5/1

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)                           13/2

Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M)                        15/2

Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)                             8/1

Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson)                                   8/1

Duke Johnson (RB Miami)                                 10/1

Jameis Winston (QB Florida State)                     10/1

A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama)                             12/1

De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon)                       15/1

Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina)              15/1

T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)                                  15/1

Todd Gurley (RB Georgia)                                  15/1

Stephen Morris (QB Miami)                                20/1

Aaron Murray (QB Georgia)                                25/1

Devin Gardner (QB Michigan)                             25/1

Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor)                              25/1

Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson)                          25/1

Marquis Lee (WR USC)                                      33/1

Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford)                               33/1

Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska)                           40/1

Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska)                          50/1

Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)                                   50/1

Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland)                             50/1

Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois)                     50/1

Jeff Driskel (QB Florida)                                    66/1

Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona)                              66/1

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Bovada keeps Diggs’ Heisman odds at 50/1

Posted on 27 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).  Below the current odds are the odds for each when they were initially released so you can see the changes.

“With a couple days before the NCAA season kicks off we have seen increased action on the BCS Championship odds mainly on a few of the favorites including Alabama at 5/2 and Ohio State, who have dropped recently from 15/2 to 6/1. Those two teams have taken more volume than any other. Georgia is a close third, and at 14-1, are the book’s biggest liability going into the season. There is no question we will be paying close attention to their first two games against two Top 10 opponents in Clemson and South Carolina.”

Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv

 

Odds to win the 2013-2014 BCS National Championship         

Alabama                       5/2

Ohio State                    6/1

Oregon                         9/1

Georgia                        14/1

Louisville                      14/1

Texas A&M                   14/1

Stanford                       18/1

LSU                              18/1

Clemson                       20/1

Texas                           20/1

South Carolina              22/1

Florida State                 22/1

Florida                          25/1

Miami                           33/1

Michigan                       33/1

Nebraska                      40/1

Oklahoma                     40/1

Oklahoma State            40/1

USC                             40/1

Notre Dame                  50/1

UCLA                            50/1

TCU                              66/1

Wisconsin                     66/1

Boise State                   100/1

Michigan State              100/1

Oregon State                100/1

North Carolina               125/1

Mississippi                   125/1

Auburn                          150/1

Kansas State                150/1

Rutgers                         150/1

Virginia Tech                 150/1

Washington                   150/1

Northwestern                 150/1

BYU                             200/1

California                      200/1

Arkansas                      250/1

Arizona                         250/1

Cincinnati                      250/1

Georgia Tech                250/1

Mississippi State           250/1

Missouri                        250/1

Pittsburgh                     300/1

Tennessee                    300/1

West Virginia                 300/1

Boston College             500/1

Iowa                             500/1

South Florida                500/1

 

Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy    

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)                           9/2

Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina)              13/2

A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama)                             10/1

Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville)                      10/1

Aaron Murray (QB Georgia)                                12/1

Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M)                        12/1

Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)                              12/1

T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)                                  15/1

Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson)                                   15/1

De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon)                       16/1

Duke Johnson (RB Miami)                                 18/1

Devin Gardner (QB Michigan)                             25/1

Marquis Lee (WR USC)                                      25/1

Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska)                           25/1

Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor)                              30/1

Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska)                          33/1

Stephen Morris (QB Miami)                                33/1

Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford)                               33/1

Jameis Winston (QB Florida State)                     33/1

Marion Grice (RB Arizona State)                         33/1

Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois)                     40/1

Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)                                   50/1

Jeff Driskel (QB Florida)                                    50/1

Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona)                              50/1

Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland)                             50/1

Todd Gurley (RB Georgia)                                  66/1

Kain Colter (QB Northwestern)                            66/1

Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson)                          66/1

Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma)                                  100/1

 

 

Odds to win the 2013-2014 BCS National Championship (From 1/8/13)   

Alabama                               5/1

Oregon                             8/1

Ohio State                    17/2

LSU                              12/1

Texas A&M                   12/1

Florida                          14/1

Florida State                 14/1

Clemson                       22/1

Louisville                              22/1

Notre Dame                  22/1

Miami                               25/1

Oklahoma                            25/1

South Carolina                   25/1

Georgia                            28/1

Nebraska                             28/1

Stanford                       30/1

Texas                               30/1

Michigan                              33/1

USC                             33/1

Oklahoma State            40/1

UCLA                            40/1

Mississippi State           50/1

Wisconsin                            50/1

TCU                              66/1

Virginia Tech                 66/1

Boise State                   75/1

Michigan State              75/1

North Carolina                    75/1

Oregon State                75/1

Arkansas                              100/1

Arizona                            100/1

Kansas State                100/1

Rutgers                         100/1

Tennessee                           100/1

Washington                         100/1

Cincinnati                             125/1

BYU                             150/1

Pittsburgh                            150/1

West Virginia                      150/1

Auburn                          200/1

Georgia Tech                200/1

Iowa                              200/1

Missouri                               250/1

Boston College                 300/1

California                             300/1

South Florida                     300/1

 

Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy (From 2/4/13)     

Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M)                        4/1

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)                           7/1

Marquis Lee (WR USC)                                      9/1

Aaron Murray (QB Georgia)                                10/1

De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon)                       10/1

A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama)                             12/1

Duke Johnson (RB Miami)                                 12/1

Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina)              12/1

Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson)                                   15/1

Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska)                           15/1

Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska)                          18/1

Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)                              18/1

T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)                                  18/1

Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)                                   20/1

Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor)                              20/1

Everett Golson (QB Notre Dame)                       22/1

Stephen Morris (QB Miami)                                25/1

Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma)                                  30/1

Jeff Driskel (QB Florida)                                    30/1

Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona)                              33/1

Devin Gardner (QB Michigan)                             40/1

Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland)                             40/1

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Maryland WR Diggs gets 50/1 odds to win Heisman

Posted on 19 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy    

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)                           9/2       

Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina)              6/1

Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville)                      9/1       

A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama)                             10/1     

Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)                              12/1     

Aaron Murray (QB Georgia)                                14/1     

T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)                                  14/1     

Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson)                                   14/1     

Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M)                        15/1

De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon)                       16/1

Duke Johnson (RB Miami)                                 16/1     

Marquis Lee (WR USC)                                      22/1     

Devin Gardner (QB Michigan)                             25/1     

Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska)                           25/1     

Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford)                               25/1     

Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor)                              30/1     

Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska)                          33/1     

Stephen Morris (QB Miami)                                33/1     

Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois)                     33/1

Jameis Winston (QB Florida State)                     35/1

Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma)                                  50/1     

Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)                                   50/1     

Jeff Driskel (QB Florida)                                    50/1     

Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona)                              50/1     

Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland)                             50/1     

Todd Gurley (RB Georgia)                                  50/1     

Kain Colter (QB Northwestern)                            50/1     

Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson)                          50/1     

 

Regular Season Player Stats (Quarterbacks)

2013 Regular Season – Tajh Boyd (Clemson) – Total Passing Yards

Over/Under                               3575                

 

2013 Regular Season – Tajh Boyd (Clemson) – Total Passing Touchdowns      

Over/Under                               35½

 

2013 Regular Season – Marcus Mariota (Oregon) – Total Passing Yards           

Over/Under                               2900

 

2013 Regular Season – Marcus Mariota (Oregon) – Total Passing Touchdowns

Over/Under                               34½

 

2013 Regular Season – Braxton Miller (Ohio State) – Total Passing Yards        

Over/Under                               2800

 

2013 Regular Season – Braxton Miller (Ohio State) – Total Passing Touchdowns         

Over/Under                               19½

 

2013 Regular Season – Braxton Miller (Ohio State) – Total Rushing Yards        

Over/Under                               1000

 

2013 Regular Season – Braxton Miller (Ohio State) – Total Rushing Touchdowns         

Over/Under                               14½

 

2013 Regular Season – A.J. McCarron (Alabama) – Total Passing Yards           

Over/Under                               2900

 

2013 Regular Season – A.J. McCarron (Alabama) – Total Passing Touchdowns

Over/Under                               30½

 

2013 Regular Season – Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville) – Total Passing Yards  

Over/Under                               3900

 

2013 Regular Season – Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville) – Total Passing Touchdowns

Over/Under                               34½

 

2013 Regular Season – Aaron Murray (Georgia) – Total Passing Yards 

Over/Under                               3674

2013 Regular Season – Aaron Murray (Georgia) – Total Passing Touchdowns  

Over/Under                               30½

 

Regular Season Player Stats (Defense)

2013 Regular Season – Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina) – Total Sacks       

Over/Under                               18½

 

Regular Season Player Stats (Running Backs)

2013 Regular Season – T.J. Yeldon (Alabama) – Total Rushing Yards   

Over/Under                               1400

 

2013 Regular Season – T.J. Yeldon (Alabama) – Total Rushing Touchdowns    

Over/Under                               14½

 

2013 Regular Season – Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona) – Total Rushing Yards           

Over/Under                               1650

 

2013 Regular Season – Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona) – Total Rushing Touchdowns

Over/Under                               18½

 

2013 Regular Season – Duke Johnson (Miami) – Total Rushing Yards  

Over/Under                               1300

 

2013 Regular Season – Duke Johnson (Miami) – Total Rushing Touchdowns   

Over/Under                               14½     

 

2013 Regular Season – De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon) – Total Rushing Yards   

Over/Under                               1400

 

2013 Regular Season – De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon) – Total Rushing Touchdowns    

Over/Under                               15½

 

2013 Regular Season – Todd Gurley (Georgia) – Total Rushing Yards  

Over/Under                               1200

 

2013 Regular Season – Todd Gurley (Georgia) – Total Rushing Touchdowns   

Over/Under                               15½

 

Regular Season Player Stats (Wide Receivers)

2013 Regular Season – Marqise Lee (USC) – Total Receiving Yards      

Over/Under                               1400

 

2013 Regular Season – Marqise Lee (USC) – Total Receiving Touchdowns       

Over/Under                               12½

 

2013 Regular Season – Stefon Diggs (Maryland) – Total Receiving Yards         

Over/Under                               1000

 

2013 Regular Season – Stefon Diggs (Maryland) – Total Receiving Touchdowns          

Over/Under                               9½

 

2013 Regular Season – Sammy Watkins (Clemson) – Total Receiving Yards     

Over/Under                               1225

 

2013 Regular Season – Sammy Watkins (Clemson) – Total Receiving Touchdowns      

Over/Under                               14½

 

2013 Regular Season – Amari Cooper (Alabama) – Total Receiving Yards         

Over/Under                               1000

 

2013 Regular Season – Amari Cooper (Alabama) – Total Receiving Touchdowns          

Over/Under                               9½

 

2013 Regular Season – Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) – Total Receiving Yards

Over/Under                               1200

 

2013 Regular Season – Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) – Total Receiving Touchdowns  

Over/Under                               6½

 

 

Conference Stats Leaders

2013 Regular Season – American Athletic Conference – Who will have the most Passing Yards?         

Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville)                1/5

David Piland (Houston)                          3/2       

Brendon Kay (Cincinnati)                        5/1       

 

2013 Regular Season – American Athletic Conference – Who will have the most Passing Touchdowns?          

Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville)                1/5

David Piland (Houston)                          3/2       

Brendon Kay (Cincinnati)                        5/1

 

2013 Regular Season – American Athletic Conference – Who will have the most Rushing Yards?        

Storm Johnson (UCF)                            2/1

Lyle McCombs (Connecticut)                 11/5

Savon Huggins (Rutgers)                       9/4       

Traylon Shead (SMU)                             3/1       

Brandon Hayes (Memphis)                     4/1

 

2013 Regular Season – American Athletic Conference – Who will have the most Rushing Touchdowns?         

Storm Johnson (UCF)                            2/1

Lyle McCombs (Connecticut)                 11/5

Savon Huggins (Rutgers)                       9/4       

Traylon Shead (SMU)                             3/1       

Brandon Hayes (Memphis)                     4/1

2013 Regular Season – American Athletic Conference – Who will have the most Receiving Yards?      

DeVante Parker (Louisville)                    5/6       

Brandon Coleman (Rutgers)                   11/4

Anthony McClung (Cincinnati)                3/1

Deontay Greenberry (Houston)               4/1

Geremy Davis (Connecticut)                   4/1

 

2013 Regular Season – American Athletic Conference – Who will have the most Receiving Touchdowns?       

DeVante Parker (Louisville)                    5/4       

Brandon Coleman (Rutgers)                   3/2

Anthony McClung (Cincinnati)                 13/4

Deontay Greenberry (Houston)               17/4

Geremy Davis (Connecticut)                   29/5     

 

2013 Regular Season – Atlantic Coast Conference – Who will have the most Passing Yards?   

Tajh Boyd (Clemson)                             1/3       

Stephen Morris (Miami)                          3/2       

Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech)                3/1

 

2013 Regular Season – Atlantic Coast Conference – Who will have the most Passing Touchdowns?    

Tajh Boyd (Clemson)                             4/13     

Stephen Morris (Miami)                          7/4       

Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech)                5/2

 

2013 Regular Season – Atlantic Coast Conference – Who will have the most Rushing Yards?  

Duke Johnson (Miami)                           5/4       

Roderick McDowell (Clemson)               5/2

Jerome Smith (Syracuse)                       11/4     

Shadrach Thornton (NC State)                7/2

Devonta Freeman (Florida State)            4/1

 

2013 Regular Season – Atlantic Coast Conference – Who will have the most Rushing Touchdowns?   

Duke Johnson (Miami)                           3/2

Roderick McDowell (Clemson)               7/4

Devonta Freeman (Florida State)            7/2

Jerome Smith (Syracuse)                       7/2       

Shadrach Thornton (NC State)                4/1

 

2013 Regular Season – Atlantic Coast Conference – Who will have the most Receiving Yards?

Sammy Watkins (Clemson)                    3/2

Stefon Diggs (Maryland)                        5/2       

Jamison Crowder (Duke)                        5/2

Rashad Greene (Florida State)               7/2

Phillip Dorsett (Miami)                           15/4     

 

2013 Regular Season – Atlantic Coast Conference – Who will have the most Receiving Touchdowns? 

Sammy Watkins (Clemson)                    3/2

Stefon Diggs (Maryland)                        5/2       

Jamison Crowder (Duke)                        5/2

Rashad Greene (Florida State)               7/2

Phillip Dorsett (Miami)                           15/4     

 

2013 Regular Season – Big 12 Conference – Who will have the most Passing Yards?   

Clint Chelf (Oklahoma State)                  10/11

Clint Trickett (West Virginia)                   11/10

David Ash (Texas)                                 3/2       

 

2013 Regular Season – Big 12 Conference – Who will have the most Passing Touchdowns?    

Clint Chelf (Oklahoma State)                  10/11

Clint Trickett (West Virginia)                   11/10

David Ash (Texas)                                 3/2       

 

2013 Regular Season – Big 12 Conference – Who will have the most Rushing Yards?  

Lache Seastrunk (Baylor)                       2/1

Damien Williams (Oklahoma)                  9/4

James Sims (Kansas)                            5/2       

John Hubert (Kansas State)                   3/1

Johnathan Gray (Texas)                         15/4     

 

2013 Regular Season – Big 12 Conference – Who will have the most Rushing Touchdowns?   

Joe Bergeron (Texas)                            3/2       

John Hubert (Kansas State)                   5/2

James Sims (Kansas)                            11/4     

Lache Seastrunk (Baylor)                       13/4

Damien Williams (Oklahoma)                  7/2

 

2013 Regular Season – Big 12 Conference – Who will have the most Receiving Yards?

Josh Stewart (Oklahoma State)              2/3

Jaxon Shipley (Texas)                           15/4     

Brandon Carter (TCU)                             4/1       

Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma)                   4/1

Tyler Lockett (Kansas State)                  17/4

 

2013 Regular Season – Big 12 Conference – Who will have the most Receiving Touchdowns? 

Josh Stewart (Oklahoma State)              7/4

Jaxon Shipley (Texas)                           5/2

Brandon Carter (TCU)                             13/4     

Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma)                   7/2

Tyler Lockett (Kansas State)                  7/2

 

2013 Regular Season – Big Ten Conference – Who will have the most Passing Yards?

Devin Gardner (Michigan)                       1/1

Braxton Miller (Ohio State)                     6/5

Taylor Martinez (Nebraska)                     7/5

 

2013 Regular Season – Big Ten Conference – Who will have the most Passing Touchdowns? 

Devin Gardner (Michigan)                       1/1

Braxton Miller (Ohio State)                     6/5

Taylor Martinez (Nebraska)                     7/5

 

2013 Regular Season – Big Ten Conference – Who will have the most Rushing Yards?

Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska)                    9/4

Venric Mark (Northwestern)                    9/4       

Braxton Miller (Ohio State)                     5/2

James White (Wisconsin)                       11/4     

Derrick Green (Michigan)                        3/1       

 

2013 Regular Season – Big Ten Conference – Who will have the most Rushing Touchdowns? 

Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska)                    9/4

Venric Mark (Northwestern)                    9/4       

Braxton Miller (Ohio State)                     5/2

James White (Wisconsin)                       11/4     

Derrick Green (Michigan)                        3/1

 

2013 Regular Season – Big Ten Conference – Who will have the most Receiving Yards?          

Allen Robinson (Penn State)                  11/5

Jeremy Gallon (Michigan)                       11/5     

Cody Lattimer (Indiana)                          12/5

Devin Smith (Ohio State)                       3/1

Kenny Bell (Nebraska)                           7/2       

 

2013 Regular Season – Big Ten Conference – Who will have the most Receiving Touchdowns?           

Allen Robinson (Penn State)                  2/1

Jeremy Gallon (Michigan)                       9/4       

Cody Lattimer (Indiana)                          5/2

Devin Smith (Ohio State)                       3/1

Kenny Bell (Nebraska)                           7/2       

 

2013 Regular Season – Pac-12 Conference – Who will have the most Passing Yards?  

Marcus Mariota (Oregon)                       2/3

Brett Hundley (UCLA)                             1/1

Taylor Kelly (Arizona State)                    11/5

 

2013 Regular Season – Pac-12 Conference – Who will have the most Passing Touchdowns?   

Marcus Mariota (Oregon)                       2/3

Brett Hundley (UCLA)                             1/1

Taylor Kelly (Arizona State)                    11/5

 

2013 Regular Season – Pac-12 Conference – Who will have the most Rushing Yards?  

Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona)                       9/5       

De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon)                2/1

Bishop Sankey (Washington)                 5/2

Storm Woods (Oregon State)                 3/1

Barry Sanders Jr. (Stanford)                  17/4

 

2013 Regular Season – Pac-12 Conference – Who will have the most Rushing Touchdowns?   

Bishop Sankey (Washington)                 2/1

De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon)                2/1

Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona)                       2/1       

Storm Woods (Oregon State)                 15/4

Anthony Wilkerson (Stanford)                4/1

 

2013 Regular Season – Pac-12 Conference – Who will have the most Receiving Yards?

Marqise Lee (USC)                                5/6       

Brandin Cooks (Oregon State)               3/1

Austin Hill (Arizona)                               7/2       

Kasen Williams (Washington)                 4/1

Shaquelle Evans (UCLA)                        17/4

 

2013 Regular Season – Pac-12 Conference – Who will have the most Receiving Touchdowns?

Marqise Lee (USC)                                2/3       

Brandin Cooks (Oregon State)               7/2

Austin Hill (Arizona)                               15/4

Kasen Williams (Washington)                 17/4

Shaquelle Evans (UCLA)                        9/2

2013 Regular Season – Southeastern Conference – Who will have the most Passing Yards?    

Aaron Murray (Georgia)                          1/2       

A.J. McCarron (Alabama)                       3/2       

Bo Wallace (Ole Miss)                           2/1       

 

2013 Regular Season – Southeastern Conference – Who will have the most Passing Touchdowns?     

Aaron Murray (Georgia)                          1/2       

A.J. McCarron (Alabama)                       3/2       

Bo Wallace (Ole Miss)                           2/1       

 

2013 Regular Season – Southeastern Conference – Who will have the most Rushing Yards?   

T.J. Yeldon (Alabama)                           1/1       

Todd Gurley (Georgia)                           2/1       

LaDarius Perkins (Mississippi State)       17/4

Tre Mason (Auburn)                               17/4     

Jeff Scott (Ole Miss)                             9/2       

 

2013 Regular Season – Southeastern Conference – Who will have the most Rushing Touchdowns?                

T.J. Yeldon (Alabama)                           1/1       

Todd Gurley (Georgia)                           7/4       

Tre Mason (Auburn)                               17/4     

LaDarius Perkins (Mississippi State)       17/4

Jeff Scott (Ole Miss)                             5/1       

 

2013 Regular Season – Southeastern Conference – Who will have the most Receiving Yards? 

Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt)                 7/4

Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss)                     2/1

Amari Cooper (Alabama)                        11/5     

Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU)                        4/1

Dorial Green-Beckham (Missouri)           9/2

 

2013 Regular Season – Southeastern Conference – Who will have the most Receiving Touchdowns?  

Amari Cooper (Alabama)                        7/4       

Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss)                     7/4

Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt)                 5/2

Dorial Green-Beckham (Missouri)           15/4

Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU)                        9/2

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Bovada lists Stefon Diggs amongst top 25 Heisman Trophy candidates

Posted on 28 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

“Prior to the news of Golson not being with the Irish this upcoming season, we had them at 28-1 to win the BCS Championship and since have drifted to 40-1.  If Notre Dame played a more up-tempo offensive style of game these odds may have been impacted a little more, but until we have new information regarding their offense we will not go higher than 40-1 on a team that still has a lot of talent.”

-Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv

 

Odds to win the 2013-2014 BCS National Championship         

Alabama                               3/1

Ohio State                    13/2

Texas A&M                   13/2

Oregon                                 7/1

Georgia                                14/1

Stanford                       16/1

LSU                              18/1

Florida                                  20/1

Field                             20/1

Louisville                              22/1

Clemson                       25/1

Miami                                    28/1

Michigan                              28/1

South Carolina                   28/1

Florida State                 33/1

Oklahoma State            33/1

Texas                                    33/1

Notre Dame                  40/1

Nebraska                             50/1

Oklahoma                            50/1

UCLA                            50/1

USC                             50/1

TCU                              66/1

Wisconsin                            66/1

Boise State                   100/1

Michigan State              100/1

Oregon State                100/1

Mississippi                          125/1

Auburn                          150/1

North Carolina                    150/1

Virginia Tech                 150/1

Washington                         150/1

Northwestern                 150/1

BYU                             200/1

California                             200/1

Cincinnati                             200/1

Georgia Tech                200/1

Kansas State                200/1

Mississippi State           200/1

Pittsburgh                            200/1

Rutgers                                 200/1

Arkansas                              250/1

Arizona                                 250/1

Iowa                                       250/1

Tennessee                           250/1

Missouri                               300/1

West Virginia                      300/1

Boston College                 500/1

South Florida                     500/1

 

Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy

Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M)                        17/4

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)                           13/2

A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama)                             9/1

Aaron Murray (QB Georgia)                                12/1

Marquis Lee (WR USC)                                      12/1

T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)                                  12/1

Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville)                      12/1

De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon)                       14/1

Duke Johnson (RB Miami)                                 14/1

Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina)              14/1

Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)                              16/1

Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson)                                   16/1

Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska)                           18/1

Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor)                              20/1

Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska)                          25/1

Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)                                   25/1

Stephen Morris (QB Miami)                                25/1

Devin Gardner (QB Michigan)                             33/1

Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma)                                  40/1

Jeff Driskel (QB Florida)                                    40/1

Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona)                              40/1

Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland)                             40/1

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Maryland WR Diggs given 40/1 odds to win 2013 Heisman

Posted on 05 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy        

Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M)                        4/1

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)                            7/1

Marquis Lee (WR USC)                                      9/1

Aaron Murray (QB Georgia)                                 10/1

De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon)                        10/1

A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama)                              12/1

Duke Johnson (RB Miami)                                  12/1

Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina)                12/1

Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson)                                    15/1

Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska)                           15/1

Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska)                           18/1

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Jonathan Ogden to enter College Football Hall of Fame

Posted on 15 May 2012 by WNST Staff

NFF Announces 2012 Football Bowl Subdivision
College Football Hall of Fame Class

14 Players and Three Coaches to Enter College Football’s Ultimate Shrine

NEW YORK, May 15, 2012 – From the national ballot of 76 candidates and a pool of hundreds of eligible nominees, Archie Manning, chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, announced today the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision Class, which includes the names of 14 First Team All-America players and three legendary coaches.

2012 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS

PLAYERS

  • CHARLES ALEXANDER – TB, LSU (1975-78)
  • OTIS ARMSTRONG – HB, Purdue (1970-72)
  • STEVE BARTKOWSKI – QB, California (1972-74)
  • HAL BEDSOLE – SE, Southern California (1961-63)
  • DAVE CASPER – TE, Notre Dame (1971-73)
  • TY DETMER – QB, BYU (1988-91)
  • TOMMY KRAMER – QB, Rice (1973-76)
  • ART MONK – WR, Syracuse (1976-79)
  • GREG MYERS – DB, Colorado State (1992-95)
  • JONATHAN OGDEN – OT, UCLA (1992-95)
  • GABE RIVERA – DT, Texas Tech (1979-82)
  • MARK SIMONEAU – LB, Kansas State (1996-99)
  • SCOTT THOMAS – S, Air Force (1982-85)
  • JOHN WOOTEN* – OG, Colorado (1956-58)

* Selection from the FBS Veterans Committee

COACHES

  • PHILLIP FULMER – 152-52-0 (74.5%); Tennessee (1992-08)
  • JIMMY JOHNSON – 81-34-3 (70.0%); Oklahoma State (1979-83) and Miami (Fla.) (1984-88)
  • R.C. SLOCUM – 123-47-2 (72.1%); Texas A&M (1989-02)

“We are extremely proud to announce the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class,” said Manning, a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Ole Miss. “Each year the selection process becomes increasingly more difficult, but Gene Corrigan and the Honors Court do an amazing job of selecting a diverse group of the most amazing players and coaches in our sport’s rich history. This class is certainly no exception, and we look forward to honoring them and celebrating their achievements throughout the year ahead.”

The 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class will be inducted at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 4, 2012, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be honored guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2, 2013 and officially enshrined in the summer of 2013.

Today’s announcement was made from The NASDAQ OMX MarketSite in Times Square, which has hosted the event for the past four consecutive years. XOS Digital produced the NFF web streams for the second consecutive year, and the Orange Bowl and the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP participated as the supporting sponsors of the announcement.

2012 FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION
COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS NOTES

PLAYERS:

  • 11 consensus First Team All-Americans (Alexander – 2x, Armstrong, Bartkowski, Bedsole, Casper, Detmer – 2x, Kramer, Myers, Rivera, Simoneau, Thomas)
  • ONE unanimous First Team All-American (Ogden)
  • THREE multi-year First Team All-Americans (Alexander – 2x, Detmer – 2x, Myers – 2x)
  • TWO members of national championship teams (Bedsole, Casper)
  • ONE Heisman Trophy winner (Detmer)
  • THREE winners of college football major awards (Detmer – Maxwell, O’Brien; Myers – Thorpe; Ogden – Outland)
  • FIVE conference player of the year honorees (Alexander, Armstrong, Detmer, Kramer, Simoneau)
  • FIVE members of conference championship teams (Bedsole, Detmer, Myers, Ogden, Thomas)
  • TWO NFF National Scholar-Athletes (Casper, Myers)
  • TEN offensive players (Alexander, Armstrong, Bartkowski, Bedsole, Casper, Detmer, Kramer, Monk, Ogden, Wooten)
  • FOUR defensive players (Myers, Rivera, Simoneau, Thomas)
  • SEVEN first-round NFL draft selections (Alexander, Armstrong, Bartkowski – 1st overall, Kramer, Monk, Ogden, Rivera)
  • FIVE decades represented: 1950s (1) – Wooten; 1960s (1) – Bedsole; 1970s (6) – Alexander, Armstrong, Bartkowski, Casper, Kramer, Monk; 1980s (2) – Rivera, Thomas; 1990s (4) – Detmer, Myers, Ogden, Simoneau

COACHES:

  • TWO national championships (Fulmer, Johnson)
  • SIX conference championships (Fulmer – 2, Slocum – 4)
  • 33 bowl berths (Fulmer – 15, Johnson – 7, Slocum – 11)
  • 28 Top 25 finishes (Fulmer – 13, Johnson – 5, Slocum – 10)
  • 45 First Team All-Americans coached (Fulmer – 19, Johnson – 12, Slocum – 14)
  • SEVEN major award winners coached (Fulmer – John Henderson, Peyton Manning, Michael Munoz; Johnson – Bennie Blades, Russell Maryland, Vinny Testaverde; Slocum – Dat Nguyen)
  • FOUR NFF National Scholar-Athletes coached (Fulmer: Peyton Manning and Michael Munoz. Johnson: Doug Freeman. Slocum: Lance Pavlas)

CRITERIA
1. First and foremost, a player must have received First Team All-America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise their consensus All-America teams.

2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation’s Honors Courts ten years after his final year of intercollegiate football played.

3. While each nominee’s football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community and fellow man. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether or not the candidate earned a college degree.

4. Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years*. For example, to be eligible for the 2012 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1962 or thereafter. In addition, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire.

5. A coach becomes eligible three years after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage*.

* Players that do not comply with the 50-year rule may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Divisional Honors Review Committees, which examine unique cases. 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME FACTS

  • Including the 2012 FBS class, only 914 players and 197 coaches, have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 4.86 million who have played or coached the game over the past 143 years. In other words, only two one-hundredths of one percent (.0002) of the individuals who have played the game have been deemed worthy of this distinction.
  • Founded in 1947, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame inducted its first class of inductees in 1951. The first class included 32 players and 19 coaches, including Illinois’ Red Grange, Notre Dame’s Knute Rockne, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Carlisle’s Jim Thorpe.
  • 288 schools are represented with at least one College Football Hall of Famer.
  • Induction for this class of Hall of Famers will take place December 4, 2012 at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City’s historic Waldorf=Astoria.

CHARLES ALEXANDER
Louisiana State University
Tailback, 1975-78

One of the truly great runners of his era, Charles Alexander dominated the Southeastern Conference in the late 1970’s. He becomes the eighth Tiger to enter the College Football Hall of Fame and third running back in the last five years, following Billy Cannon in 2008 and Jerry Stovall in 2010.

Nicknamed “Alexander the Great”, he left Baton Rouge as the most accomplished rusher in SEC history, holding the league’s career records for rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns. He became the first back in SEC history to break the 4,000-yard barrier and record 40 rushing touchdowns. Alexander earned consensus All-America honors and was named team MVP in 1977 by setting school and league records with 311 attempts for 1,686 yards and 17 touchdowns. His carries and yards marks remain single-season records at LSU. Alexander followed that up by again receiving consensus All-America accolades in 1978 by rushing 281 times for 1,172 yards and 14 touchdowns. His stellar efforts as a junior and senior helped lead the Tigers to back-to-back bowl games, rushing for a combined 330 yards in the 1977 Sun Bowl and the 1978 Liberty Bowl.

The Missouri City, Texas, native was chosen in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He amassed 2,645 rushing yards and 1,130 receiving yards during seven seasons in Cincinnati, helping the Bengals reach Super Bowl XVI.

A former member of the Tiger Athletic Foundation Board of Directors, Alexander worked with the Louisiana State Youth Opportunities Unlimited. He also regularly volunteered with the United Way in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a member of the Bengals. He was named to the LSU Modern Day Team of the Century and is also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the 75th Anniversary All-Sun Bowl Team and the Houston Area All-1970’s Team.

OTIS ARMSTRONG
Purdue University
Halfback, 1970-72

One of the top runners of his era, Otis Armstrong left school owning Big Ten MVP honors, First Team All-Conference accolades and the league’s all-time rushing record. He becomes the sixth Boilermaker to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

The eighth-place finisher in 1972 Heisman Trophy voting and a consensus All-American, Armstrong’s 3,315 career rushing yards set school and conference records and placed him sixth in NCAA history at career’s end. Armstrong’s senior campaign in 1972 remains the best in Purdue history. He earned the Swede Nelson Award for great sportsmanship and team MVP honors by rushing 243 times for 1,361 yards, accumulating 1,868 all-purpose yards (all of which set single-season school records at the time). Armstrong led the Big Ten in rushing that season, and his 276-yard effort versus Indiana remains a school best. His 670 career carries remain a school record.

A first round selection by the Denver Broncos in the 1973 NFL Draft, Armstrong played eight seasons with Denver. He led the NFL in rushing in 1974, earning First Team All-Pro honors and appearing in his first of two Pro Bowls. The Englewood, Colo., native helped the Broncos appear in Super Bowl XII. Armstrong is an active church member, and he frequently helps young children stay out of trouble by teaching football skills. He was inducted into the Purdue Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.

STEVE BARTKOWSKI
University of California
Quarterback, 1972-74

Another legend in a long line of prolific Pac-12 passers, Steve Bartkowski becomes the 16th California Golden Bear to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Bartkowski earned consensus All-America honors by leading the nation in passing with 2,580 yards in 1974. The gunslinger also set school single-season records during his senior campaign by attempting 325 passes and accumulating 2,387 yards of total offense. He was universally named the best quarterback in the West following his senior year after being named team MVP, First Team All-Pac-10, an All-Coast Team selection and the NorCal Player of the Year. His four 300-yard passing games set a school record and still rank among the top five in Golden Bears history.

The first pick of the 1975 NFL Draft, Bartkowski played 11 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and one year with the Los Angeles Rams. He was named the 1975 NFL Rookie of the Year, appeared in two Pro Bowls and compiled 24,124 career passing yards.

In addition to his football exploits, Bartkowski was an All-American first baseman for the Golden Bears baseball team in 1973. He became a member of the California Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. Bartkowski also hosted the outdoors shows Backroad Adventures with Steve Bartkowski on TNN and Suzuki’s Great Outdoors with Steve Bartkowski on ESPN. The Atlanta native serves on the board of directors for multiple organizations and is a member of the Christian Sportsmen Fellowship.

HAL BEDSOLE
University of Southern California
Split End, 1961-63

Ahead of his time as a long, big-play threat, Hal Bedsole helped College Football Hall of Fame coach John McKay and USC win the 1962 national championship. He becomes the 30th Trojan to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

Bedsole set school single-season receiving records during his consensus All-America 1962 campaign, corralling 33 passes for 827 yards and 11 touchdowns. He became the first player in USC history to top 200 receiving yards in a single game on Oct. 20, 1962 in a win over California. He capped the record-setting year with a huge game in the 1963 Rose Bowl, leading top-ranked USC over No. 2 Wisconsin with two touchdown passes in a 42-37 Trojans victory. The two-time All-Pac-8 honoree led the Men of Troy in scoring in 1961 and 1962 and set a school record by averaging 20.94 yards per reception for his career. He caught 82 passes for 1,717 yards with 20 touchdowns during his years on campus.

Drafted by the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs in 1964, Bedsole played three seasons in Minnesota. Inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, Bedsole retired after a long career as a radio broadcast sales manager.

DAVE CASPER
University of Notre Dame
Tight End, 1971-73

Cited by College Football Hall of Fame coach Ara Parseghian as perhaps the greatest athlete he ever coached, Dave Casper earned All-America honors on the field and in the classroom. He becomes Notre Dame’s 44th player to be selected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Serving as Notre Dame’s co-captain and offensive MVP during his senior season of 1973, Casper led the Fighting Irish to a national championship while earning consensus All-America honors. He was also named an NFF National Scholar-Athlete, a CoSIDA Academic All-American, and an NCAA postgraduate scholarship winner. Casper was a proficient tight end, catching three passes for 75 yards in No. 5 Notre Dame’s 24-23 win over No. 1 Alabama in the 1973 Sugar Bowl. A versatile asset, he also saw action at split end, as an offensive tackle and along the defensive line during his career.

Taken in the second round of the 1974 NFL Draft, he played 11 seasons for the Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers and the Minnesota Vikings. The Alamo, Calif., resident was named a First Team All-Pro performer five times, appeared in four Pro Bowls and was chosen to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

A long-time member of the NFF Chicago Metro Chapter, Casper sat on the Ronald McDonald House’s board of directors beginning in 1986. He founded the Dave Casper Celebrity Golf Tournament in 1985 to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Casper also supports the Big Brother/Big Sister Organization and Rotary International. He received the GTE Academic Hall of Fame for Outstanding Career Achievement and Contributions to the Community award in 1993, and he was one of six people to receive an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for living a life of distinction in 1999.

TY DETMER
Brigham Young University
Quarterback, 1988-91

With a Heisman Trophy, a Maxwell Award, two Davey O’Brien Awards and 59 NCAA records, Ty Detmer left BYU as one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in college football history. His accomplishments led him to become a College Football Hall of Fame inductee, and the sixth Cougar to enter the sport’s ultimate shrine.

Twice named a consensus All-American, Detmer won national player of the year awards from organizations such as UPI, CBS, Scripps Howard and the U.S. Sports Academy. His 15,031 career passing yards and 121 touchdowns were NCAA bests at the time, and the gunslinger still holds nine NCAA records. A three-time First Team All-WAC performer, Detmer led College Football Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards’ teams to three conference championships, four bowl games, three AP top 25 finishes, a 28-21 win over top-ranked and defending national champion Miami on Sept. 8, 1990 and a 37-13-2 overall record. The NCAA Today’s Top VI Award recipient still holds 10 school records, including the season and career marks for total offense, passing yards and 400-yard games.

A ninth round selection of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, Detmer played 14 seasons with the Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons.

The founder of the Ty Detmer Charitable Foundation, he regularly holds the Ty Detmer Youth Football League in Grants, N.M. He remains involved in the Davey O’Brien Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network, and he makes yearly appearances at numerous fundraising events for youth organizations. A 2000 inductee of the BYU Athletics Hall of Fame, Detmer is currently the head coach at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas.

TOMMY KRAMER
Rice University
Quarterback, 1973-76

One of only two quarterbacks in college football history to earn consensus All-America honors for a sub-.500 team since 1970, Tommy Kramer proved his worth by finishing fifth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1976. Kramer becomes the sixth Owl to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

A consensus All-American in 1976, Kramer led the nation with 3,317 passing yards and 3,272 yards of total offense. Both marks ranked second in NCAA single-season history at the time. The 1976 Southwest Conference Player of the Year became the first player in league history to top 3,000 yards of total offense in a single season while also recording four of the top eight passing performances in SWC history. The San Antonio native held every career and single-season school record for passing and total offense for more than 30 years, and he led the Owls in passing all four years on campus.

Chosen by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft, Kramer compiled nearly 25,000 career passing and 159 touchdowns yards during 14 NFL seasons. He was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year and earned his only Pro Bowl berth during the 1986 campaign.

Kramer was chosen to the Rice Athletics Hall of Fame and also the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. He earned the nickname “Two-Minute Tommy” for executing multiple late-game comebacks. A Kiwanis Club member, Kramer is still active with the Rice football program, returning to campus annually for the Huddle Up football reunion and serving as the Owls’ honorary captain on numerous occasions.

ART MONK
Syracuse University
Wide Receiver, 1976-79

The winner of the Lambert Trophy as the top college football player in the Eastern U.S. in both his freshman and senior seasons, Art Monk became the mark of consistency during his remarkable career with the Orange, earning First Team All-America honors in 1979. Monk is the ninth Syracuse player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

As a senior in 1979, Monk hauled in 40 receptions for 716 yards (17.9 yards per reception) with three touchdowns. He set a school record in 1977 for most receptions and receiving yards by a sophomore, catching 41 passes for 590 yards and four scores. With 1,644 career receiving yards in 35 games, Monk set a school record with a 47-receiving yards per game average. He also recorded the greatest game by a receiver in Syracuse history on Nov. 5, 1977 against Navy, catching 14 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. A versatile playmaker who entered college as a running back, he posted 31 kickoff returns for 675 yards and 44 punt returns for 430 yards. Monk ranks sixth in school history with 3,899 career all-purpose yards. The last player to lead Syracuse in receiving for three consecutive seasons, Monk led Syracuse to its first bowl victory in 13 years with a 31-7 win over McNeese State in the 1979 Independence Bowl.

Chosen in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft, Monk played for the Washington Redskins from 1980-93 and the New York Jets in 1994. He set an all-time single-season receiving mark in 1984 by catching 106 passes. Monk broke Steve Largent’s all-time career receiving record with 819 career receptions, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

An active member of the NFF Central New York Chapter, Monk sits on the board of trustees at Syracuse. The co-founder of the Good Samaritan Foundation, he has worked with the Leukemia Society, Project Harvest and I Have a Dream.

GREG MYERS
Colorado State University
Defensive Back, 1992-95

The personification of “student-athlete” and the winner of the 1995 Thorpe Award, Greg Myers claimed as many decorations off the field as he did for his stellar on-field performance. Myers becomes the second Ram to enter the College Football Hall of Fame, following 1981 inductee Thurman McGraw.

The first player in WAC history to earn All-WAC honors four times, Myers holds the league record with seven all-conference selections, four as a defensive back and three as a return specialist. A two-time First Team All-American, Myers led the NCAA with 555 punt return yards and three punt return touchdowns. He also set the WAC record with 1,332 career punt return yards, and he posted Colorado State records with three punt return scores and a 15.9-yard average. As a defensive back, he totaled 295 tackles and 15 interceptions. Myers helped guide the Rams to back-to-back WAC titles and Holiday Bowl berths.

A 1995 NFF National Scholar-Athlete, he was also named the Honda Scholar-Athlete of the Year that fall. Myers was named a two-time Academic All-American and a four-time Academic All-WAC honoree. The 1996 Nye Trophy recipient as CSU’s most outstanding male athlete in academics, he was named to the NCAA Today’s Top VIII. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 1996 and a M.D. from the University of Colorado in 2006.

A fifth round pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, Myers played five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys. A 2001 Colorado State University Sports Hall of Fame inductee and a 2012 Colorado Sports Hall of Fame member, Myers has sponsored the Greg Myers Scholarship Golf Tournament to raise money for student-athletes. He has worked with Shriners Hospitals; made numerous appearances at inner-city schools; and participated in Doug Pelfrey’s Kicks for Kids. He is a member of the Groupsmart Community Outreach Program.

JONATHAN OGDEN
University of California – Los Angeles
Offensive Tackle, 1992-95

A unanimous All-American and the winner of the Outland Trophy in 1995, Jonathan Ogden was a cornerstone left tackle all four years he spent as a Bruin. He becomes the 11th UCLA player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Ogden won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10’s top offensive lineman, the UPI Lineman of the Year award and shared the Henry “Red” Sanders Award as the Bruins’ most valuable player as a senior in 1995. The four-year starter allowed just one sack as a senior.

Ogden experienced success early during his years in Westwood, earning the John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award as UCLA’s top freshman and a Freshman All-America nod from The Sporting News. Playing for College Football Hall of Fame coach Terry Donahue, he also helped the Bruins win the Pac-10 title in 1993. Ogden’s No. 79 jersey is one of eight to be retired by UCLA. A two-sport athlete, he earned two top-five finishes in shot-put at the NCAA Indoor Championships and also placed fourth in shot-put at the 1995 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The fourth overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, Ogden played 12 seasons for the Baltimore Ravens. He started 176-of-177 games; earned First Team All-Pro honors four times; and appeared in 11 Pro Bowls. Ogden helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XXXV.

He founded the Jonathan Ogden Foundation, which aims to assist inner-city students through athletics, and the foundation supported the NFF’s Play It Smart program at Patterson HS in Baltimore for many years. The Henderson, Nev., resident also established the Ogden Club, which hires tutors to work with Baltimore City high schools, and in turn enlists high school athletes to tutor at local elementary schools. Ogden stages the Jonathan Ogden Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament, benefitting youths in Las Vegas and Baltimore.

GABE RIVERA
Texas Tech University
Defensive Tackle, 1979-82

The most accomplished defensive lineman in Texas Tech history, Gabe Rivera was a consensus All-American as a senior in 1982. He becomes the fourth Red Raider to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

Carrying the nickname “Señor Sack”, Rivera averaged 80 tackles per season from his defensive tackle spot. He compiled 62 solo tackles, 43 assists, 10 TFL, five sacks, 25 quarterback pressures and eight pass breakups during his All-America campaign in 1982. He was named an Honorable Mention All-American in 1980 and 1981, and earned First Team All-Southwest Conference honors in 1982 and Second Team All-SWC accolades in 1981.

Chosen with the 21st overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, Rivera played six games for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rivera had his career cut short when he was left a paraplegic by injuries suffered in a car accident midway through his rookie season.

Rivera was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He is also a member of the Texas Tech Hall of Honor. He has volunteered as a tutor with Inner City Development in San Antonio, and he has worked with Gridiron Heroes, a nonprofit that aids high school football players that have suffered spinal cord injuries.

MARK SIMONEAU
Kansas State University
Linebacker, 1996-99

A two-time All-American, Mark Simoneau stands as possibly the greatest defender in Kansas State history. He becomes the second Wildcat to enter the game’s ultimate shrine following Gary Spani a decade earlier.

A three-time team captain, Simoneau holds a school record with 251 career unassisted tackles, ranks third in school history with 400 total tackles, 52 TFL and eight forced fumbles. The 1999 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year also notched 15.5 sacks and seven fumble recoveries. A 1999 Butkus Award runner-up and a three-time First Team All-Big 12 selection, he led Kansas State to one of the greatest stretches in school history. With Simoneau on the roster, the Wildcats earned a 42-7 record, a 28-4 record in Big 12 play, a claim to two Big 12 North titles, three AP top 10 finishes, the first No. 1 ranking in school history, and wins in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl and the 1999 Holiday Bowl.

Drafted in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Simoneau played 11 seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs. He recorded 370 total tackles in 124 career NFL games.

Simoneau has participated in service events with local children’s hospitals, retirement homes and the United Way of New Orleans. Simoneau’s high school was the center piece of the book Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape.

SCOTT THOMAS
United States Air Force Academy
Safety, 1982-85

A driving force in one of the most successful four-year runs in the history of Air Force football, Scott Thomas earned consensus All-America honors his senior year in 1985. He becomes the third Falcon player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

Playing for 2011 Hall of Fame coach Fisher DeBerry, Thomas notched 221 career tackles with four TFL, 10 interceptions, 22 pass breakups while averaging 28.8 yards per kickoff return. He returned a punt, kickoff and interception for a touchdown during his 1985 All-America campaign. A two-time All-WAC honoree, Thomas led the Falcons to the first conference title in program history with a 12-1 record and No. 5 final ranking in 1985. He also guided Air Force to a 38-12 overall record, four consecutive bowl wins, four wins over Notre Dame, the first top 10 finish in academy history and three Commander-in-Chief’s Trophies with a 7-1 record against storied rivals Army and Navy.

Thomas also was a four-year letterman for the Air Force basketball team, and he logged more than 4,100 hours of military flight time. He gained national attention during the first Gulf War after his plane went down over enemy territory in 1991. Thomas currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force reserves while working as a commercial pilot.

A regular keynote speaker for nonprofit organizations, he volunteers with Young Life youth ministries and as a little league coach. He is also a Kiwanis Club member. Thomas served as the guest picker during ESPN’s College GameDay visit for the Army game on Nov. 7, 2009. Thomas is a 2011 United States Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.

JOHN WOOTEN
University of Colorado
Offensive Guard, 1956-58

Described as a “quick, agile tackle who provided bone-crunching lead blocks” by Colorado historian Fred Casotti, John Wooten blazed a path for others to follow, becoming one of the first African-Americans to earn All-America honors as a lineman. The 1958 All-American will join five other Buffalo players as College Football Hall of Fame inductees.

Wooten paved the way for one of the most powerful rushing attacks in college football, driving the Buffaloes to rank 12th nationally in 1956 with 252.1 yards per game, first in 1957 with 322.4 yards per outing and fifth in 1958 with 249.5 yards per game. In 1957, Colorado finished second in the country with 415.2 yards of total offense per game, and running back Bob Stransky ranked second nationally with 1,097 rushing yards. The 1957 All-Big 7 performer also saw action on the defensive line where he recorded half a dozen fumble recoveries. Wooten aided Colorado to a 20-9-2 overall record with a 27-21 victory over Clemson in the 1957 Orange Bowl.

Chosen in the fifth round of the 1959 NFL Draft, Wooten played 10 seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins, appearing in 136 games. A two-time All-Pro, he participated in two Pro Bowls. He is a 2010 inductee to the Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor.

After retiring from football, Wooten had a long administrative career with the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens before retiring in 1998. He was named to Colorado’s All-Century Team in 1989, the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Wooten serves as the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation, which works to promote diversity in NFL coaching, front office and scouting staffs.

PHILLIP FULMER
University of Tennessee
Head Coach, 152-52-0 (74.5%)

Tennessee’s head coach from 1992-2008, Phillip Fulmer led the Volunteers to the school’s sixth national championship in 1998. Under Fulmer’s leadership, Tennessee finished in the AP top 25 in 13-of-17 seasons and appeared in 15 bowl games.

The 1998 National Coach of the Year achieved 137 wins in his first 15 campaigns, tying for the fourth-most in a 15-year span in college football history. Fulmer owned two SEC championships, a piece of seven SEC East Division titles, an impressive 5-0 record when playing the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, an 88-19 home record and nine 10-win seasons. He trails only College Football Hall of Fame coach Gen. Robert Neyland on Tennessee’s all-time wins list. Fulmer’s teams appeared in two BCS games, winning the first national title in the system’s history with a victory over Florida State in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl.

Fulmer coached two William V. Campbell Trophy winners in Peyton Manning and Michael Munoz. Nineteen players earned First Team All-America honors under Fulmer, and 70 Volunteers were named First Team All-SEC during his tenure. He also coached nine 1,000-yard rushers and six 1,000-yard receivers.

A co-captain of the 1971 Volunteers football team, Fulmer is the national spokesperson for the Jason Foundation, an educational organization aimed at preventing teenage suicide. A member of the board of directors for Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc., he is active with Boys and Girls Club, Team Focus, and Child and Family Services. The 2003 American Football Coaches Association president, Fulmer is the co-chair for the Ride for Prostate Cancer event and the vice-chair for Boy Scouts of America. He contributed $1 million to the University of Tennessee to be split evenly between athletics and academics. Fulmer was inducted to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

JIMMY JOHNSON
Oklahoma State University, University of Miami
Head Coach, 81-34-3 (70.0%)

The Oklahoma State head coach from 1979-83 and Miami head coach from 1984-88, Jimmy Johnson continuously led his teams to victory, earning numerous coaching honors along the way and the national title with the Hurricanes in 1987, capped by a 20-14 victory over Oklahoma in the 1988 Orange Bowl.

Johnson began his head coaching career in Stillwater, Okla., leading the Cowboys to a 29-25-3 mark. He won Big 8 Coach of the Year honors his first year after taking Oklahoma State to a 7-4 record. Under Johnson, the Cowboys won the 1981 Independence Bowl and the 1983 Bluebonnet Bowl. He coached 15 First Team All-Big 8 performers during his five seasons with the Pokes.

At Miami, Johnson enjoyed a 52-9 mark in five seasons with five New Year’s Day bowl appearances. During his final four seasons in Miami, he posted a remarkable 44-4 record, including four top 10 finishes and two national title appearances. He earned two National Coach of the Year distinctions while coaching 12 First Team All-Americans. Johnson’s star pupils included future College Football Hall of Famers Bennie Blades and Russell Maryland as well as the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner in Vinny Testaverde. Johnson’s tenure was the genesis of an NCAA-record 58 home-game winning streak, which lasted from 1985-94.

A member of Arkansas’ 1964 national championship team, Johnson became the only person to win a college national championship as a player and coach and lead a team to a Super Bowl victory when he guided the Dallas Cowboys to victories in back-to-back Super Bowl victories following the 1992 and 1993 seasons. In the NFL, he held the Cowboys head coaching job from 1989-93 and with the Miami Dolphins from 1996-99.

A member of the University of Arkansas, University of Miami, State of Texas and State of Florida Sports Halls of Fame, Johnson supports charities such as The Children’s Health Fund, Malaria No More, City of Hope, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Johnson, who works as an NFL analyst on FOX, has donated his time visiting troops overseas and hosting a fundraiser for the Gridiron Greats Foundation, which raises money for former NFL players in need of medical assistance.

R.C. SLOCUM
Texas A&M University
Head Coach, 123-47-2 (72.1%)

The head coach at Texas A&M from 1989-2002, R.C. Slocum is the winningest coach in Texas A&M and Southwest Conference history. A four-time national coach of the year honoree, Slocum’s Aggies experienced reigns of dominance over the SWC, including a 22-game league winning streak, a 28-0-1 conference record from 1991-94, and three SWC titles. He also led the Texas A&M to one of the school’s landmark victories on Dec. 5, 1998, with a 36-33 double-overtime upset of Kansas State, which gave the Aggies their only Big 12 championship and only win over a No. 1-ranked team.

Slocum led the Aggies to 11 bowl games in 14 seasons, five New Year’s Day bowl appearances and 10 AP top 25 finishes. He retired as college football’s sixth-winningest active coach. Under Slocum’s leadership, 14 players earned First Team All-America status. Linebacker Dat Nguyen submitted one of the finest seasons in school history in 1998, winning the Bednarik and Lombardi awards.

Slocum, a standout receiver and defensive lineman for at McNeese State, holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from his alma mater, and he was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2001. He currently works as a special assistant to President R. Bowen Loftin at Texas A&M.

A Texas Sports Hall of Fame and Texas A&M University Athletics Hall of Fame member, Slocum served as the chairman of the Children’s Miracle Network in Central Texas as well as the Cattle Baron’s Association, which raises scholarship money for young people in ranching. He is active with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Scotty’s House home for abused children. A former AFCA Board of Trustees member, he served as grand marshal at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade. 

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Navy Battles Army Saturday at FedEx Field

Posted on 09 December 2011 by WNST Staff

2011 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 12 Army (3-8) vs. Navy (4-7) presented by USAA
Date and Kickoff Dec. 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm ET
Location Landover, Md. | FedExField (82,000)
Television CBS
TV Talent Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)
Army-Navy Rivalry Click here for more information

Setting the Stage
• Army and Navy will meet for the 112th time and for the first time inside the Capital Beltway when they square off on Saturday, Dec. 10 at FedExField (82,000) in the annual Army-Navy Game presented by USAA.  Kickoff is set for 2:40 pm (ET).
• CBS Sports will broadcast the game around the world on the American Forces Network with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson calling the action.
• CBS Radio/Westwood One will also broadcast the game around the world on American Forces Network with John Tautges on the play-by-play and Eddie George handling the color commentary.
• CBS Sports Network will provide complete coverage surrounding CBS Sports’ broadcast of The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA. The Network will air two special editions of INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL on Saturday prior to the game, INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: ARMY-NAVY MARCH-ON SPECIAL (11:00 am-12:30 pm, ET) and INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE (1:00–2:00 pm, ET).  Hosts Adam Zucker and Molly Qerim will be joined at FedExField by analysts Randy Cross and Brian Jones, as well as special guests from the academies.
• The MARCH-ON SPECIAL features the procession of the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets as they march onto FedExField, while the ARMY-NAVY TAILGATE previews the game with in-depth news and analysis.
• PRELUDE: THE MAKING OF A GAME OF HONOR, a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the SHOWTIME documentary A GAME OF HONOR, airs at 12:30 pm, ET on Saturday.

Pregame
• Army’s Corps of Cadets will march-on at 11:24 am, followed by Navy’s Brigade of Midshipmen at 12:04 pm.
• The Navy Leap Frogs and the Army Golden Knights will jump at 2:19 pm.
• Navy’s fly-by will take place at 2:36 pm, followed by Army’s at 2:37 pm.  Navy’s fly-by will feature four F-18s from Naval Air Station in Oceana, Va.  Army’s fly-by will be four Apache helicopters from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

Army-Navy Storylines
• Navy enters the game having won 11 of the last 12 contests against the Black Knights, including each of the last nine. The nine-consecutive wins marks the longest streak in series history by either team.
• The Mids have won nine in a row in dominant fashion, outscoring the Black Knights, 322-91 (35.8-10.1).  The closest game was in 2006 when Navy defeated Army, 26-14, in Philadelphia.  The Mids have won the last two games by 14 points.
•    A win on Saturday would make Ken Niumatalolo just the fourth coach in school history to start his career 4-0 against Army. Paul Johnson went 6-0 against West Point (2002-07), Wayne Hardin won his first-five games (1959-63) against Army and George Welsh won his first-four contests (1973-76).
• Five of Navy’s seven losses this year have come by a combined total of 11 points. The Mids are just 1-5 in games decided by eight points or less. The five losses in close games are tied for the third most in the country.
•    Four of Navy’s 2011 opponents are either ranked (South Carolina and Southern Miss) or receiving votes (Notre Dame and Rutgers) in the top 25 polls.
•    The Mids have played the nations’ 29th-toughest schedule based on the cumulative records of their opponents to date (58-46, does not include Delaware or Army).
•    Eight of Navy’s 12 opponents have winning records and seven are bowl eligible.  Two of Navy’s four opponents that are not bowl eligible, East Carolina and San Jose State, finished with a 5-7 record.
• Navy is No. 1 in the country in fewest penalties per game (2.4) and penalty yards per game (20.9).  Army is tied for third in the country in fewest penalties (4.0).
• Navy has missed or fumbled the snap on at least one kick (PAT or field goal) in eight of its 11 games this year, including five-straight contests in the month of October.
•    Navy is just 16-15 (.516) away from the friendly confines of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium under Niumatalolo, including a 2-4 (.333) mark this year.
• The Mids are 7-9 (.438) under Niumatalolo with more than one week to prepare, but 3-0 (1.000) against Army.
• Navy is 1-5 (.167) in games decided by eight points or less this year and 13-13 (.500) over the last four years.
• In Navy’s four wins this year, it has outscored the opposition 91-17 in the first half (36-0 in the first quarter, 55-17 in the second quarter).
• In the Mids’ seven losses this year, they have been outscored, 152-66, in the first half (59-10 in the first quarter, 93-56 in the second quarter).
• Navy is 4-2 (.667) in 2011 and 26-4 (.867) over the last four years when scoring first.  The Mids are 0-5 in 2011 and 5-17 (.227) over the last four years when the opponents score first.
• The Mids are 4-0 this season when leading after the first quarter and 0-7 when tied or trailing after the first quarter.  Under Niumatalolo, the Mids are 20-3 (.870) when leading after the first quarter and 11-18 (.379) when trailing or tied after the first stanza.
• Navy is 4-3 (.571) when leading after three quarters.  Entering this season, the Mids were 22-0 under Niumatalolo when taking a lead into the fourth quarter.
• Navy has made 43 trips inside the red zone in its 11 games this season, scoring 33 times (.767), including 27 touchdowns (.628).  The Mids are tied for 86th in the country in red zone offense  (Army is also tied for 86th).
• Navy has played five games this year where it has rushed for less than 300 yards and lost all five.  It is 4-2 (.667) when rushing for more than 300 yards.
• An opposing running back has rushed for over 100 yards in a game against the Mids in eight of 11 contests this year.  In the previous three years, Navy surrendered only nine 100-yard rushing games to opposing running backs.
• Senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani has produced 42-career tackles for a loss, which is tied with David Mahoney (2003-06) for the second most in school history.  He is just two behind record-holder Andy Person (1992-95).
• Tuani has recorded 16 sacks over his four-year career, which is tied with Tyler Tidwell (2004-06) for third on the Mids’ career list.

Close Games In The Army-Navy Series
• 53 of the 111 Army-Navy games (.477) have been decided by eight points or less.  Army has won 24 of those 53, while Navy has scored 22 victories and seven have ended in a tie.
• The last time an Army-Navy game was decided by eight points or less was in 2000 when the Mids defeated the Black Knights, 30-28.

Scouting Army
• Army is 3-8 on the year with victories over Northwestern (21-14), Tulane (45-6) and Fordham (55-0).
• The Black Knights have losses against Northern Illinois (49-26), San Diego State (23-20), Ball State (48-21), Miami of Ohio (35-28), Vanderbilt (44-21), Air Force (24-14), Rutgers (27-12) and Temple (42-14).
• Army comes to Landover with the nation’s top-ranked rushing offense (350.9 yds/gm).  The Black Knights last won the rushing title in 1998 (293.8).  Army’s average of 350.9 yards per game would be the most by a team since Nebraska in 1997 (392.6).
•    The Black Knights are 13th in the country in pass defense (178.1).

The Last Time … 
Navy 31, Army 17    Dec. 11, 2010 | Philadelphia, Pa.
• Senior safety Wyatt Middleton’s 98-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 1:03 remaining in the second quarter turned what was shaping up to be a close game into a rout as Navy rolled to its ninth win of the year and ninth-straight win over Army, 31-17, at a sold out (69,223) Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.  The 98-yard fumble return was the longest in school history and longest in an Army-Navy game.
• Navy had jumped out to a 17-0 lead as Joe Buckley nailed a 36-yard field goal and quarterback Ricky Dobbs threw touchdown passes of 77 yards to John Howell and 32 yards to Brandon Turner.  The touchdown pass to Howell was the longest pass play in series history.
• The Mids were in total control of the game midway through the second quarter until a pair of Dobbs turnovers gave Army life.
• Dobbs fumbled the ball on first down from his own 23 and it was recovered by Army’s Josh McNary.  Six plays later, Army quarterback Trent Steelman hit Malcolm Brown with a five-yard touchdown pass to cut the Navy lead to 17-7. It was Army’s first touchdown against the Midshipmen since the fourth quarter of the 2006 game.
• Three plays later, Dobbs gave the ball back to Army again as he was stripped by McNary and Stephen Anderson recovered the loose ball at the Army 48.
• The Black Knights methodically moved the ball down the field, taking it 49 yards in 11 plays.   On first and goal from the Navy three, Steelman tried to power his way into the end zone, but senior linebacker Tyler Simmons and senior outside linebacker Jerry Hauburger met Steelman at the two-yard line and Simmons’ knocked the ball from Steelman’s hands.  The ball popped up in the air and flew right to Middleton who raced 98 yards for the back-breaking touchdown.
• Army took the opening kickoff of the third quarter and drove 47 yards on 12 plays with Alex Carlton capping the drive with a 42-yard field goal to make the score 24-10.
• Navy put the game away with a 13-play, 87-yard, 9:03 scoring drive to start the fourth quarter with slot back Gee Gee Greene waltzing in from the 25 to make it 31-10.

Service Academy Dominance
• Navy has amassed a 74-40 (.649) overall record in the last nine years, while Air Force is 62-48 (.564) and Army is 30-77 (.280).

Dominant Era in Army-Navy History
• Navy’s 31-17 victory over Army was its ninth-consecutive win over the Black Knights, the longest streak in series history by either team.
• The Mids have won those nine in a row against Army in dominant fashion, outscoring the Black Knights, 322-91 (35.8-10.1).

Our Nation’s Future Leaders
• Navy’s 33 seniors received their service assignments on Nov. 30. Graduates of the Naval Academy serve a minimum of five years in the Navy or Marine Corps, while pilots serve eight years upon earning their wings.
•    25 seniors will be commissioned Ensigns in the United States Navy (11 Surface Warfare, five Naval Flight Officers, three Surface Warfare Nuclear,  two Intelligence, one Supply Corps, one Submarines, one Pilot and one Special Warfare), while eight will be commissioned 2nd Lieutenants in the Marine Corps (seven Marine Corps Ground and one Marine Corps Pilot)
• Graduation for the Class of 2012 is Tuesday, May 29.

Service Assignments For The Class of 2012
Player, Service Assignment
Brian Ackerman, Surface Warfare (Nuclear)
Bruce Andrews, Supply Corps
Ryan Basford, Surface Warfare
Thomas Batchelder, Surface Warfare
Brian Blick, Marine Corps Ground
Max Blue, Marine Corps Ground
Alex Boddiford, Surface Warfare
Hal Bowron, Surface Warfare
Brady DeMell, Surface Warfare
Delvin Diggs, Suface Warfare (Nuclear)
Neil Doogan, USMC Ground
Eric Douglass, Surface Warfare
John Dowd, Submarines
Zach Dryden, Surface Warfare
Doug Furman, Navy Pilot
Mason Graham, Marine Corps Ground
Hal Hunter, Intelligence
Caleb King, Naval Flight Officer
Jared Marks, Marine Corps Ground
John McCauley, Surface Warfare
Kwesi Mitchell, Naval Flight Officer
Gary Myers, Naval Flight Officer
Torri Preston, Marine Corps Ground
Kriss Proctor, Naval Flight Officer
Aaron Santiago, Surface Warfare (Nuclear)
Jarred Shannon, Surface Warfare
Eric Stein, Naval Flight Officer
Mike Stukel, Marine Corps Ground
David Sumrall, Intelligence
Jon Teague, Marine Corps Pilot
Alexander Teich, Special Warfare (SEAL)
Jabaree Tuani, Surface Warfare
David Wright, Surface Warfare

President At The Army-Navy Game
• With this year’s game being played in Washington, D.C., it is appropriate to look back at past Army-Navy games attended by the President of the United States.  It is expected that President Barack Obama will attend this year’s game.
• Eight different Presidents have attended the Army-Navy game a total of 18 times.  Harry S. Truman attended the most Army-Navy games, going to seven straight from 1945-1951.  Teddy Roosevelt was the first President to attend an Army-Navy game, as he attended the 1901 contest.
• Only once have both the President and Vice President attended the Army-Navy game.  In 1961, President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon Johnson were on hand in Philadelphia.
• Navy is 7-9-2 in games against Army in which the President attends and has won the last two.
• The last time the President attended the Army-Navy game, the Mids dealt Army a 34-0 loss in Philadelphia in 2008 with President George W. Bush looking on.

President Of The United States At The Army-Navy Game
Year    President    Result
1901    Theodore Roosevelt    Army, 11-5
1905    Theodore Roosevelt    Tie, 6-6
1913    Woodrow Wilson    Army, 22-9
1924    Calvin Coolidge    Army, 12-0
1945    Harry Truman    Army, 32-13
1946    Harry Truman    Army, 21-18
1947    Harry Truman    Army, 21-0
1948    Harry Truman    Tie, 21-21
1949    Harry Truman    Army, 38-0
1950    Harry Truman    Navy, 14-2
1951    Harry Truman    Navy, 42-7
1961    John Kennedy    Navy, 13-7
1962    John Kennedy    Navy, 34-14
1974    Gerald Ford    Navy, 19-0
1996    Bill Clinton    Army, 28-24
2001    George W. Bush    Army, 26-17
2004    George W. Bush    Navy, 42-13
2008    George W. Bush    Navy, 34-0

Future Army-Navy Sites Announced
• The city of Philadelphia has been synonymous with the Army-Navy football classic over the years, hosting 82 of the previous 111 service academy battles. Army and Navy will be building on that rich tradition in the years ahead with Philadelphia serving as the host of “America’s Game” for four of the next seven years at Lincoln Financial Field (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017).
•    It was also announced that for the first time in series history the game will be played on the doorstep of the nation’s capital as the 2011 Army-Navy game presented by USAA will be played at FedEx Field, while the 2014 and 2016 games will be played at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.
•    The process for securing a long-term home for future Army-Navy football games officially began in August of 2008 with the service academies distributing a formal “Request for Proposal.”
•    The first Army-Navy game was played in 1890 at West Point and the second in Annapolis one year later. In 1899, Philadelphia’s Franklin Field became the game site. The “City of Brotherly Love” has dominated as host city for the Army-Navy game since that time. There have been 14 different venues that have played host to the event, four of those located in Philadelphia and two in Baltimore.
•    Municipal Stadium, renamed John F. Kennedy Stadium in 1964, has housed the game the most times – 41 in all – that included 35 straight games between 1945 and 1979. It was first played there in 1936.
•    Franklin Field ranks second on the list of Army-Navy game sites with its total of 18, followed by Veterans Stadium with 17 and the Polo Grounds in New York City with nine. “The Vet” first hosted the game in 1980 and did so through 2001 with all but five exceptions.
•    Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia has hosted the game seven times (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010).
•    Army has also battled Navy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., in 1983; at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., in 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2002; and at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore in 2000 and 2007.
•    For the 16th-straight year, CBS Sports will televise the Army-Navy classic to a national and worldwide (via American Forces Network) audience on Dec. 10. The Army-Navy game will be the only major college football game played the second Saturday in December.

Showtime And CBS Sports Team Up To Produce All-Access Docu-Drama On Navy And Army Football
• SHOWTIME Sports and CBS Sports are teaming up for A Game Of Honor, a two-hour exclusive docu-drama revealing an unprecedented look at America’s two oldest military academies – The United States Military Academy and The United States Naval Academy. As the midshipmen and cadets prepare to serve their country and participate in a rivalry unmatched by any other in sports, the Army-Navy football game presented by USAA, SHOWTIME will capture an all-access look at their unique season-long journey. The in-depth docu-drama will be co-produced and promoted by SHOWTIME Sports and CBS Sports in conjunction with CBSSports.com and will premiere Dec. 21 on SHOWTIME, 10 days after this year’s Army-Navy game on CBS, Dec. 10.
•    SHOWTIME will have behind-the-scenes access to both academies and their respective football teams for six months leading up to the Army-Navy game, as well as during the game and immediately following. With so many stories to tell, SHOWTIME will air exclusive content across multiple CBS platforms including a special preview show about the making of the documentary on Wednesday, November 23 on SHOWTIME; with a network television premiere of the preview show on CBS Sports on Dec. 3. In addition, CBSSports.com will air an exclusive 10-episode weekly original web series beginning Oct. 17.
•    The docu-drama and web series will capture the personal stories of this unique group of men who are rivals on the football field and brothers in arms on the battlefield. As the young men at Army and Navy endure a much different athletic experience than other Division I football players, A Game of Honor will capture the dedication, discipline and determination demanded of the cadets and midshipmen who are members of these storied football programs. A Game of Honor reveals their unique journey from summer training to the demands of an elite classroom education to the weekly preparations for the football field, all while training to serve their country in a time of war. This rigorous passage culminates with the playing of the annual Army-Navy game, this year from the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C.
•    CBS Sports’ Creative Director, Pete Radovich, who also serves as coordinating producer for the Emmy-Award winning SHOWTIME series Inside the NFL, will serve as director of the series. Radovich will co-produce with CBS Sports Coordinating Producer Steve Karasik.
•    “We are honored to broadcast the Army-Navy football game every year on CBS Sports and thrilled to team with SHOWTIME, CBSSports.com and our long-standing partners at the Naval and Military academies on ‘A Game of Honor,'” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. “Using unparalleled access provided by the academies, this project allows us to go in-depth across multiple CBS platforms to tell inspiring, compelling and unique stories — both on and off the field — about the 2011 cadets and midshipmen.”
•    “Teaming up with CBS on any production or project has always resulted in a big time and first class end result,” said Navy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “This venture could not be more well received by the Academy and the Athletic Department. The story to be told will be emotional, motivating, inspiring, and featured in a way that it will bring an even greater appreciation for some very special people who are some of our nation’s and intercollegiate athletics’ finest leaders.”

Navy Partners with Nike for Army-Navy Game Uniform
•    Before their fight songs ring throughout the stadiums and they storm the fields, nine of the top college football programs will lace their cleats and buckle their chin straps while donning uniquely designed, highly advanced Nike uniforms for at least one game during the 2011-12 season.
•    The fully integrated uniform system, which the University of Oregon debuted during the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, incorporates the latest in performance innovation and design from the world’s most renowned athletic outfitter.  The redesigned base layer facilitates the uniform’s overall innovation, delivering the ultimate in lightweight protection for maximum speed. Strategically placed seams, pads and cooling zones also help minimize distraction and optimize protective coverage.
•    The teams selected to sport the 2011 Nike Pro Combat system of dress uniforms include Army, Boise State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, Navy, Ohio State, Oregon, and Stanford.
•    While each school’s uniform delivers the same superior lightweight performance and protection, each will tell a different story through its design. Nike worked closely with each university to bring relevant elements of the school’s rich heritage into a distinguished, modern uniform design. The uniforms capture each team’s unique character.
•    “The support and positive relationship that Navy athletics has enjoyed over the years with Nike is extraordinary.” Navy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk said. “Being a part of this exciting initiative further illustrates the mutual respect that is so much a part of the way we present our product.  The Midshipmen are inspired by the technical innovations and appearance that Nike puts forth through the presentation of their equipment and apparel.  Nike continues to motivate all of our teams to compete at the highest level with great success.  This year, the Army-Navy Game will be a showcase for the direction that our partnership will be heading in the future.”
•    The integrated uniform system provides enhanced durability and innovation from the inside out.  Robust padding without the bulk offers optimal low-profile impact protection specifically throughout the crucial “hit zone” between the knees and shoulders. Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding has also been integrated in the hip and knee areas of the pant for crucial impact protection that stays in place. The base layer now features customizable protection, incorporating a thin, incredibly strong carbon fiber plate that can be placed on the thigh padding where needed.
•    The uniform system design also emphasizes improved thermoregulation, including the Nike Pro Combat Deflex padding layer, which is constructed with fabric selected for its ability to help keep the body cool and wick away sweat – making the uniform, and player, lighter and dryer. The jerseys are made of four-way stretch woven twill that sheds moisture. A Flywire collar eliminates two layers of fabric for improved breathability, providing a more stable anchor to keep the jersey in place.

Dowd A Finalist For The William V. Campbell Trophy
• Navy senior guard John Dowd is one of 16 college football players named to the 2011 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Class and is now a finalist for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the nation’s premier scholar-athlete.
•    The NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete program, launched in 1959, is the first initiative in history to award scholar-athletes postgraduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities. This year’s class members find themselves in good company, as past National Scholar-Athletes include former NFL standout Derrick Brooks (Florida St.); actor Mark Harmon (UCLA); NASA astronaut Leland Melvin (Richmond); former Dateline NBC anchor Stone Phillips (Yale); chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament, Billy Payne (Georgia); famed NFL quarterback Steve Young (BYU); and Heisman Trophy winners Terry Baker (Oregon St.), Gary Beban (UCLA), Doug Flutie (Boston College) and Tim Tebow (Florida).
•    Each finalist will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship at the 54th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, and one of the 16 will be announced as the 22nd recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy. Named in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.
•    Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The 127 semifinalists for the award were announced on Sept. 29.

Dowd Named One Of 10 Finalists For The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
• Navy senior offensive guard John Dowd has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.  Dowd is a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at offensive guard for the Mids and carries a 3.91 GPA in Mechanical Engineering.  He is a two-time Academic All-American and has a chance to become the first Navy football player in school history to be named a First-Team Academic All-American in consecutive years.
•    An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
•    Fan votes, which were conducted through Dec. 5, will be combined with media and Div. I FBS head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.
•    Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2011 football bowl season. Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs won the award last year.

Football Bowl Subdivision Finalists For The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Emmanuel Acho, Linebacker, Texas
Jake Bequette, Defensive End, Arkansas
Drew Butler, Punter, Georgia
Kirk Cousins, Quarterback, Michigan State
Austin Davis, Quarterback, Southern Miss
John Dowd, Guard, Navy
Chase Minnifield, Cornerback, Virginia
Dan Persa, Quarterback, Northwestern
Nate Potter, Offensive Tackle, Boise State
Dawson Zimmerman, Punter, Clemson

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Cam Newton is Truly Unique College Player, But…

Posted on 20 April 2011 by Brian Billick

Just like last year’s draft could have been dubbed the “Tim Tebow Invitational”, the 2011 draft has similar buzz regarding Cam Newton.  There is absolutely without a doubt, no question about it, that Cam Newton is an extraordinary athlete and a truly unique college football player, but his skills haven’t translated well into the NFL game in recent history.

It is no secret that Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks have struggled to be successful at the next level, and I have a feeling that Newton will have those same struggles.  When you look at the history of the NFL, a quarterback with his skill-set has yet to win a Super Bowl championship.  Yes, I do think that he can bring immediate excitement and playmaking ability to a team, but in the long run, he will have to develop his pocket presence and look to make plays with his arm rather than his legs.  You can look at Vince Young as a recent example with the Tennessee Titans drafting him with the third overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.  At that time, general manager Floyd Reese was quoted: ““Last night at 11:35, I was on my knees praying … he will rewrite the position. This guy physically is such a combination of arms and legs”.  Well, Young hardly rewrote the quarterback position, and in fact, just 5 years later, he most likely won’t even be on the Titans roster.

In all fairness to Cam Newton, he has better throwing action than both Young and Tim Tebow and he is much more NFL ready than both prospects were in their respective draft years.  As I mentioned when analyzing Blaine Gabbert, the college spread offense makes it very difficult to estimate how ones games with translate into the NFL, and with Newton it is even more difficult.  He has only 292 passing attempts on his resume, and as one quarterback coach recently told me, only about 10% of throws in a spread offense are comparable to NFL style routes.  That means that we are asking a club to play this young man almost 50 million dollars based off game analysis of just 30 throws.

Finally, as has been discussed over and over, Newton’s off the field problems are a major red flag to me.  With football being the ultimate team sport, having a quarterback with a diva mentality, makes its very difficult for team cohesion.  He obviously proved he can win at Auburn, but the NFL is very different, full of former college superstars.  With his “icon and entertainer” comments, and his pre-draft media only workout, he will need to check his ego at the locker room door.

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